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Dive Review of Ocho Rios at Jamaica Grande/Palace Resorts Jamaica Grande in
Jamaica/Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios at Jamaica Grande/Palace Resorts Jamaica Grande: "Reefs Not Colorful And Still Plenty of Critters", May, 2017,

by Terri Feinblum, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10070.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Bonaire, East Coast of Florida, Florida Keys, Cozumel, Cancun, Mexican Riviera, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Belize, Eleuthras, Bahamas, Curaçao
Closest Airport Sangster International in Montego Bay is a 90 minute drive. Getting There Arrange transfers from Sangster Airport ahead of time by contacting the Transfer Department at the Grande as they could have free transfers from ony one of the two airports. And you want free, right?

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We have done hundreds of dives, so we were glad we were not babied.We pretty much did whatever we wanted, and we are careful divers and the three of us just relaxed and swam around.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments It was very basic. We brought our camera and strobes after they were assembled in our hotel room. No photo table or charging table, so we did most things in the roo ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments This dive shop is at the resort, which makes it very easy access if you are a guest. There is a dive shop and a building with room to hang up your equipment to dry between dives. We brought our own by choice, but talk to them about gear and whether it is included. The storage room is secure, but do not leave cameras or valuables there. I have a dive computer attached to my reg console, so I bring that back with me. The setup is quite convenient, and we had a blast. From reading varied reviews, the quality of the divemaster is paramount to the best experience; we lucked out on this one! We weren't limited by inexperienced divers, so that gave us freedom.

We had been told that there was nothing to see underwater in Jamaica, and since we were going to the spa, ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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